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Aggleton, Jen – Children's Literature in Education, 2017
This article examines the effect of Jim Kay's illustrations on the experience of reading "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness. The author compares the responses of six Key Stage Three children (11-14 years old), three of whom were given an illustrated version of the text, and three a non-illustrated version. The children with an illustrated…
Descriptors: Illustrations, Early Adolescents, Comparative Analysis, Reader Text Relationship
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Yang, Lichung – Children's Literature in Education, 2017
A well-versed writer on the limitations and possibilities of the English language, Seuss follows the conventional primers the wrong way, not by retracing the tradition of the genre, but by working his way against the current. Drawing upon Jean-Jacques Lecercle's notion of nonsense, this essay is a small attempt to examine three of Dr. Seuss's…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Literary Genres, Teaching Methods, Rhyme
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Baird, Adela; Laugharne, Janet; Maagerø, Eva; Tønnessen, Elise Seip – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Children as readers of picture books and the ways they respond to, and make meaning from, such texts are the focus of this article, which reports on a small-scale study undertaken in Norway and Wales, UK. The theoretical framing of the research draws on concepts of the multimodal ensemble in picture books and of the reading event as part of a…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Emergent Literacy, Reading Comprehension, Reading Processes
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Jacobs, Katrina Emily Bartow – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
While scholars have recognized the importance of page breaks in both the construction and comprehension of narrative within picture books, there has previously been limited research that focused directly on how children discuss and make sense of these spaces in the text. Yet, because of their nature as dramatic gaps in the narrative, page breaks…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Text Structure, Layout (Publications), Young Children
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Fjällström, Eva; Kokkola, Lydia – Children's Literature in Education, 2015
Resisting the will to empathise with a focalised character is assumed to be difficult for young readers, yet empirical evidence on how they actually respond is limited. This paper combines recent insights gleaned from cognitive literary studies with a small-scale empirical study of thirty-five Swedish adolescents reading an Irish short story in…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Foreign Countries, Adolescents, Fiction
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Murris, Karin – Children's Literature in Education, 2014
Meanings in a picturebook are constructed in the space between words, images and reader. Contemporary picturebooks are ideal vehicles for a deep reading of, and philosophical engagement with, texts that move beyond literary and literacy knowledge. Philosophy with picturebooks also offers an alternative to personal responses to these texts that are…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Teacher Education Curriculum, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation
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Nikolajeva, Maria – Children's Literature in Education, 2012
This article considers how emotions can be conveyed through the interaction of word and image in picturebooks addressed to young readers. The theoretical framework employed in the article develops ideas from cognitive literary theory, adapting it to the specific conditions in which there is a significant difference between the sender's and the…
Descriptors: Empathy, Childrens Literature, Affective Behavior, Picture Books
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Bullen, Elizabeth; Nichols, Susan – Children's Literature in Education, 2011
Narrative for a dual audience of children and adults is a field of expanding interest among children's literature scholars. A great deal of the extant research is implicitly or explicitly informed by longstanding anxieties about the status of children's fiction, a context that shifts the parameters of the analysis to questions of literary…
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Audiences
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Kokkola, Lydia – Children's Literature in Education, 2011
It is presumed that readers of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" enjoy the sexual tension between Bella and Edward; a tension that remains unresolved until the couple are married. This very traditional solution to the couple's carnal desires is just one of many ways in which the novels adhere to the conventions of romance writing for young people.…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Novels, Sexuality, Conflict
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Adomat, Donna Sayers – Children's Literature in Education, 2010
In this qualitative study, the author explores how young readers build literary understanding through performative responses in picturebook read-alouds. Performative responses allow children to create and express meaning in ways that go beyond talk and that engage their creativity and imagination. They include a variety of modalities, such as…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Reader Response, Literature Appreciation, Grade 2
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Hodges, Gabrielle Cliff; Nikolajeva, Maria; Taylor, Liz – Children's Literature in Education, 2010
The paper discusses the children's novel "Gaffer Samson's Luck (1984)," by Jill Paton Walsh, from three different perspectives; those of a cultural geographer, a literary scholar and an English teacher. It is part of a larger research project on children's perception of their place-related identities through reading and writing. The novel is used…
Descriptors: Human Geography, Interdisciplinary Approach, English Teachers, Novels
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Cantrell, Sarah K. – Children's Literature in Education, 2010
This article examines the multiple worlds in Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy in light Pierre Bourdieu's "space of possibles" and the combination of chance and choice that impact Lyra and Will's decisions. Rather than viewing chance or destiny as disempowering, this article considers how the protagonists' choices also encourage…
Descriptors: Fantasy, Figurative Language, Teaching Methods, Childrens Literature
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Mackey, Margaret – Children's Literature in Education, 2010
Children learn to read at approximately the same stage in life as they start to master their physical environment. This article argues that some of the same mapping and schema-building strategies inform each activity, and draws on examples from a broad range of children's books to support the idea that reading fiction and mapping one's local…
Descriptors: Fiction, Literacy, Reading, Young Children
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Latham, Don – Children's Literature in Education, 2008
In "Skellig," "Kit's Wilderness," and "Clay", David Almond employs various types of intertextuality to enrich his narratives. Through the use of allusion, adaptation, collage, and mise-en-abyme, he encourages his adolescent readers to seek out precursor texts and to consider the interrelationships between these texts and his own. By so doing, he…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Novels, Empowerment, Literary Devices
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Strong-Wilson, Teresa – Children's Literature in Education, 2008
We are made up of stories: the stories we hear, the stories we tell. Intertextual connections form through repeatedly hearing stories, many of which stem back to childhood. This paper foregrounds a teachers-as-readers literature circle in which a group of Indigenous teachers in Canada discussed, among other titles, Rafe Martin's "The Rough…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Indigenous Populations, Reader Text Relationship, Foreign Countries
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